I was issued a series 80 colt gov 1911 by my police department. Patrol got government models. Detectives got LW commanders. I carried a LW commander for backup and off duty.
Most if my 1911s are colts. I have both series 80 and series 70. For a duty gun I would want series 80. Police officer guns get dropped too often.
The only parts breakage I saw were several of the colt MIM thumb safety's breaking off. I believe guys we're doing this by bracing the gun against the 25 yard barricade and the gun was hitting the barricade during recoil. The Wilson ambi safeties did not have this problem but ambi safeties fail in the middle. I never had this problem but I've seen it more than a few times. Sometimes parts breakage was from the user doing things they were told not to. One guy needed his extractor replaced twice. He was throwing the loose round directly in the chamber to load like it was an 870. Most problems were do to dropping them or hitting them off door frames. Sights knocked loose. We put 10-8 rear sights on. A witness mark with a paint pen is a good idea on the rear sight. Most of the guys didn't like the 10-8 sights. They wanted three dot night sights even though they shot like old people fuck. Slow and careful which is better than spray and pray.
I never noticed a difference in 1911 triggers on a self defense gun. I.e. Triggers between 4-5 pounds.
For my me; I train with the steel frame guns and most often carry the LW frame guns. It's easier to carry the LW. Suspenders and a belt if carrying the steel frame.
Ever since colt cut cut the roof off the window on the frame rail I haven't heard of frames cracking. I change recoil springs often.
I will buy a couple of the new 9mm LW commanders and plan on shooting them a lot. I'm not worried about the frames.
1911s are expensive and addicting. I have more than I need and not as many as I want. I compare them to corvettes.
the Wiley clapp models are a great deal. If you want to move up but not go crazy checkout the dan wessons.
I retired after 19.5 years carrying a 1911 but the Department just dumped them to go VP9s. Me and the other armorer retired and the new kids wanted a modern gun. When I retired we issued colt 1911 rail guns, had an 870 and a colt 6940 with an aimpoint T1 in each car. Now I heard they want tavors. Kids
i think the rail gun w light was just too heavy for the new guys on their hips. I wish colt made a LW rail gun. I have a Springfield armory 10-8 LW rail gun and it's awesome .
personally with what they are facing today they should have kept the 1911s and bought each officer a set of rifle plates and a carrier; and give the youngster a lot more training. A lot of it is confidence . They need to believe in themselves and what they carry